Winter apples, Woodbury, Connecticut © Steven Willard

There are lots of old apple trees still producing on land that hasn’t been farmed in years. A result of Connecticut’s aggressive program to buy up land from private owners and putting it in trust has been the fact that these old trees are left to fend for themselves. No one prunes them or sprays them to protect them from insects or disease, yet they still continue to bear fruit every season. The fruit may not look as appetizing as that from a tended orchard tree, and most of the fruit will rot on the ground, but the tree keeps doing the only thing it knows how, too stubborn to quit.

I found these apples still on the branch in December a few days before Christmas, a gift to birds looking for a snack. I thought the mottled colors beautiful, but didn’t try to eat one.

Olympus OMD EM5 with the Panasonic 42.5mm  f1.7 lens at about f2.8 processed in Snapseed on my iPad Air.


One comment on “Stubborn

  1. Vida Lee Edera says:

    Love the photos and narratives, dear Steven… glad to have been in touch. Would you please send a mailing address and your personal email? THanks and happy holidays with a good new year. Warmest regards, Vida Lee


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